Guns And Schools Just Don't Mix, That's Common Sense 101

Guns And Schools Just Don't Mix, That's Common Sense 101

It is our responsibility to protect these kids.

I recently came across a conference at which Donald Trump was addressing the tragic mass shooting that recently occurred in Florida. Trump has made statements, even before being elected stating that he does not support gun control. In January 2016, he said, "I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools -- you have to -- and on military bases on my first day. It gets signed my first day. You know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That's bait.".

But what really shocked me was his proposal to this controversial issue. Trump actually stated that we should in fact arm school security guards and teachers, training them on how to use guns so that in the event of a mass shooting- a teacher could "quickly disarm" the gunman.

As someone who has worked with and in elementary schools for years, and as someone who one day plans on sending their children to public school- here are a few problems I have with this.

Let me start off by stressing the importance of schools being a SAFETY ZONE for students. Particularly for kids who do not have a safe, stable environment after they leave the doors of the school building. It is just as important in a students success that they develop TRUST with their teachers...which may be difficult knowing there is a weapon ready for use nearby.

After all the people who are committing these crimes are just that, people. As are teachers, school nurses and principals. Would arming more people alleviate the desperate need for protection in schools, or simply pose a bigger threat?

Is it just me or does adding more potential shooters in the middle of a school seem counter active? Even if it is intended to be for students "protection", can you truly support that decision knowing someone else's child may very well die in the crossfire? Or the risks if a student is somehow able to get a hold of one of these guns on campus?

This topic has been widely debated across social media and it is time we do something to change the patterns of mass shootings in the U.S. Take Australia for example, who implemented gun control laws in 1996. How many mass shootings have been recorded in Australia since you ask? None. In researching gun reform in other countries I think you will find clear evidence of why it should never be okay for teachers to bare arms in any school.

Simply put, if no one had a gun, we wouldn't need more guns to fight back.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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